22 Perfect Gifts for Your Vegan Friend (Because Sometimes, It's Not Obvious)

From plant-based cookbooks, to wine that's actually vegan

October 17, 2019
Photo by Julia Gartland

The other day, my vegan friend Bree told a story. She used to date a guy whose mother would always introduce her by saying: “This is Bree. She’s VEY-GON.”

“It was like I was from the planet Vega, in the faraway galaxy of kohlrabi,'' she says. She may as well have been—in the early days of her lifestyle change she felt “very misunderstood.”

Chances are you’ve got a vegan friend, or a few. Chances are that at some point in their lives they’ve been asked: “You won’t eat brisket, but will you have an egg?” Well, you don’t want to be any version of that person.

And if your vegan friends are anything like mine, sometimes, they need (vegan) gifts. I like to think of each occasion as an opportunity to make good on all the people who don’t totally get their life choices. But I’ll also be the first to admit it’s not always easy—my own struggle became apparent when I realized most wines aren't 100 percent vegan.

The good news is that we decided to put in the hard work for you, and sift through a universe of possibilities to get to the good stuff. So, here are 22 gifts—good looking, funny, nurturing, and thoughtful—that are perfect for vegans.

1. Hu Chocolate Bars (Amazon)

Because a clean-eating, vegan chocolate bar sounds like a misnomer—but it doesn't have to be.

2. Grow-Anywhere Herb Growbar (Food52)

A kitchen garden for your kitchen counter, because...cozy apartments.

3. Subscription to Peddler Journal

Aussie food writer Hetty McKinnon’s magazine is a joyful celebration of the multi-cultures of home cooking—and dominated by gorgeous yet uncomplicated veggie and vegan recipes.

4. Reusable Bamboo Utensils (Food52)

Help them cut down on plastic, while also eating with non-toxic flatware that’s stylish, lightweight, and durable.

5. The ultimate Spiralizer (Amazon)

You don't have to be vegan to love a great spiralizer, but for many a raw-food vegan, they're especially crucial.

6. The Food52 Vegan Cookbook (Food52)

Think sweet pea hummus, tempeh kebabs, and chai-spiced bread pudding. We think you might end up getting a copy for yourself.

7. Vegan wine (Proudly Vegan)

Turns out, it’s hard to know when a wine is vegan or not, but Proudly Vegan is a cinch—it is vegan right down to the inks and glues on its labels.

8. Soy Wax Candle (Amazon)

All-vegan, parabens and cruelty-free candles with a really long burn time—aka the best company for a relaxed night in.

9. Make a Donation

To charities committed to making life better for people, the planet, and animals. There are several to choose from, from the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund, to localized organizations. Chilis on Wheels, for instance, delivers free plant-based meals to communities in need.

10. Van Leeuwen Ice-cream

Photo by Van Leeuwen

What’s better than one all-vegan ice-cream? A pack of six (that also ships nationwide). The caramelized banana nut, made with housemade raw cashew milk, is this non-vegan’s favorite.

11. Canvas Market Tote (Food52)

Perfect for farmers market runs, this hardy but good looking tote has a pocket for everything, and—a little seatbelt for your flowers on the outside (because no one likes a drippy tote).

12. Countertop Sprouter (Food52)

Small enough to hold in one hand, cute enough to look like a terrarium, and efficient enough to produce a heck-ton of sprouts.

13. Vitamix Blender (Amazon)

This one is quite fairly called the engagement ring of vegan gifts but then, some friends are just worth it.

14. Vegan Leather Luggage tag

Vegan leather brand Matt&Nat has the perfect cruelty-free but fashion-forward gift for your favorite globe-trotting vegan.

15. VeganPower Food Pins (Etsy)

Photo by Etsy

Because enamel pins will always be cool, and so will tacos. This one's for vegans who proudly wear their hearts (and tummies) on their shirt/apron/hat.

16. Sweet Potato Soul (Amazon)

Full of vegan twists on Southern soul food; author (and blogger) Jenné Claiborne had us at Bootylicious Gumbo.

17. Dr Hempster Bath Bombs (Amazon)

Photo by Amazon

Nothing says self-care like a long hot soak. The fact that these bath bombs are not tested on animals makes for even deeper relaxation.

18. Beauty subscription box (Love Goodly)

For vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-free cosmetics delivered straight to their door throughout the year.

19. Sasawashi Olive Oil Soap (Food52)

We love olive oil in our food, sure, but will also happily use it in our beauty routines. This small-batch soap blends oil with essence of kumasaza plant to nourish and protect sensitive skin.

20. ‘Love All Animals’ Pillows (Mercy For Animals)

Hand-cut and hand-sewn pillows featuring baby animals? Absolutely one can resist that!

21. Cultures For Health Vegan Yogurt Starter (Amazon)

Photo by Amazon

A vegan yogurt starter kit is the gift that will keep on giving.

22. Have a meaningful conversation

Be more willing to have the kinds of empathic conversations your vegan friend is dying to have outside of her immediate vegan circle. Remember, affirming conversations go a long way in bridging boundaries.

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Arati Menon

Written by: Arati Menon

Arati grew up hanging off the petticoat-tails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Her life has taken her all across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home and kitchen objects that serve as her anchor, no matter the living situation. She's an impassioned ambassador for life in Brooklyn, and a fierce critic of the vast amounts of cream cheese on a New York bagel.

1 Comment

Lynn D. October 18, 2019
Um, I don't think a vegan would enjoy a mounted bicycle wine bottle holder made of leather!